Tupelo Honey in Asheville, NC is a buzzy place and where it all started! Worker bees buzz about serving up delicious treats from the kitchen. Deemed Southern cuisine, Tupelo Honey offers many delectable menu options. You really can’t go wrong!
What is Southern food all about? For me it’s about comfort food. Food you want to share with family and friends. Food that you want to eat after a bad day or when you want to celebrate. It’s simple food, but not easy to do if you’re not from around these parts. One thing I learned when I moved here is that they fry a lot of food. But it is sooooo good, you don’t care that it’s fried.
Tupelo Honey is Southern, but with a twist. They take the traditional Southern foods we love and kick them up a notch. This isn’t your Grandma’s Southern cookin.’
My recommendations? To start, the Fried Green Tomatoes are the ideal Southern appetizer. These lovely fried tomatoes, which are a traditional Southern treat, were perfectly breaded and fried. The twist? they are served over goat cheese grits, with a roasted red pepper coulis. Again, grits are a Southern staple, but serving them made with goat cheese is a fresh way to serve them up. When you eat the fried green tomato with a bite of grits and a bite of the roasted red pepper coulis the flavor combo is off the fork!
Each table is served biscuits and homemade blackberry preserves. The two together are simply scrumptious! If you’ve ever eaten a biscuit, you know how, if done right, they are flaky and moist and light all at the same time. I have not mastered the art of biscuit making yet. I’ve tried and failed miserably. It takes practice, so I’m told. Well I’m here to tell you, these guys have got it down! If you eat at any of the Tupelo Honey locations be sure to give the biscuits some love.
Next up? The main course! I chose the Southern Fried Chicken BLT. Can you imagine? Fried chicken and a BLT all sandwiched together (pun intended) on toasty bread. It was heavenly! The fried chicken was so juicy and tender. The BLT was better than the usual BLT, with maple-peppered bacon, dijonnaise, crisp lettuce, and juicy tomato. For my side I chose the Scratch-made Mac-n-Cheese. It was so hot and creamy and cheesy. This is what comfort food is all about. It hits all the comfort buttons. I’m telling y’all, it was crazy good! Oh, and be prepared to be stuffed. There is so much food if you can make it to dessert, you deserve a medal.
So what’s the buzz all about? Fresh, made from scratch Southern cuisine locally sourced and brought to you fresh. Tupelo Honey is worth the visit in Downtown Asheville. But be prepared to wait. The word is out and people are lining up to eat this Southern goodness.